In the real world, I would have Ohio State a 2½-point favorite over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7 in Miami.
However, we live in the world of big NCAA government full of people with likes and dislikes just like any normal human. In the real world that I live in, I could sell any item of mine. In the NCAA world they rule with an iron fist and thus the Buckeyes will be sitting at home.
If these two teams had met up in the championship game it would have been one of the biggest betting games and one of the most watched of all time, but that would have been in my world.
I have to deal with the all-powerful NCAA world.
So if Alabama beats Georgia they will be around a 10-point favorite over the Irish. If Georgia beats the Crimson Tide they will be -3 over the Irish.
The Alabama/Notre Dame matchup will be very similar to last year’s game when Bama beat LSU in somewhat of a yawner, 21-0. It will be much like that one – low scoring. That is what we have to look forward to.
Let’s take a look at some of the conference championship games coming up starting on Friday.
Friday, Nov. 30
UCLA +9 at Stanford: These two just met six days ago in LA with the Cardinal crushing the Bruins 35-17. The last time UCLA beat Stanford was back in 2008, so do we expect the same result after six days or can the Bruins adjust? I say why not, lay the points. STANFORD.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Alabama -7½ vs. Georgia: The last time these two met was back in 2008 when the Tide won 41-30 as a 6½ point dog. Both teams have one loss as the Bulldogs got whipped in South Carolina 35-7 and the Tide fell at Texas A&M 29-24. Alabama will get back to the championship game as their defense will rise to the occasion. ALABAMA.
ACC at Charlotte
Florida St -14 vs. Ga Tech: This is a championship game? The Seminoles are off a humiliating loss at home falling to Florida 37-26. GT is fresh off of getting hammered by Georgia 42-10. The Yellow Jackets (aka the Rambling Wreck) have had some good success against the Seminoles winning the last two times they played. The two TD’s look like a take in this game. GA TECH.
BIG TEN at Indy
Nebraska -3 vs. Wisconsin: These two met Oct. 29 in Lincoln and the Huskers as a 12-point favorite won a close game 30-27. They have won six straight coming into this one going 4-2 ATS. The Badgers have dropped three of four SU and ATS. Can’t back Wisky in this spot. NEBRASKA.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Just can’t believe where the season went as we close in on Christmas. It seems we just started. The NFL got me last week, especially the Saints and Packers, but as we say in this game, it’s another week. I will try to rebound.
The no show Packers will bounce back in a big way this week as they get home to play the Vikings. I will be doing something I don’t like to do in the NFL and that’s lay -7½ points. I will be keying GB on all of my teasers at -1½. PACKERS.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact Richard at [email protected].